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Frank Ostaseski

Compassionate Healthcare and the Wisdom of Death

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What You'll Learn

  • Learn about The Five Invitations and how they can help us in understand death and be more loving and purposeful in our daily lives

  • Explore coping strategies uniquely suited for the experience that healthcare providers come across each day with sickness, death, and trauma

  • Understand how you can use presence, compassion, and respect to reflect humanity back to your patients, and follow along in a guided practice to find connection with and kindness towards others

About Frank Ostaseski

Frank Ostaseski is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher and visionary cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project, and founder of the Metta Institute. He has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, numerous national and international hospice and palliative care conferences, Google Headquarters and other corporate settings. He also teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. Frank is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Humanities Award from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama. He is the author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Living Fully.

About Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, MA-Cert

Rheanna Hoffmann, RN, BSN, MA-Cert, is a nurse, coach, and meditation guide. She is the Founder of The Whole Practitioner, a coaching business designed to help medical practitioners access and transmute their underlying causes of stress. As a nurse, she has worked in emergency, hospice, and Indigenous medicine, and on death row. She is trained in somatic and wilderness therapy, and is a certified auricular acupuncture specialist. She aspires to create environments where medical practitioners and students discover how their personality, values, and hidden gifts can align with their work. She is trained as a Nurse Coach through The Nurse Coach Collective. To learn more about Rheanna's work, the evidenced-based signs and symptoms of moral injury and burnout, and the guided questions to establish your next steps, click here.

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  1. Renate Hermes May 28, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    thank you for this inspiring lecture, as well as a lot of the other sessions in this summit.

  2. Vasana C May 28, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Thank you very very much for such an inspiring conversation — listening to both speakers who wonderfully share their experience, sincerity and kindness is one of the highlights of my day!

  3. Patricia Dellacha May 28, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Bendiciones a ambos, Rheanna y Ostaseski, Mucho para compartir!!! Fue una gran charla, nutrió en plenitud cuerpo alma espíritu. MUCHA GRATITUD!!!!!

  4. liz May 28, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Frank and Rheanna – you both touched my life today and for that I am incredibly grateful !!! Simple human kindness personified !!!
    Thank you. Bless you both –

  5. Barbara Ward May 27, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    you are the real deal! You are the only presenter who made me cry. And it felt good. Aloha!

  6. Laurie May 27, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    It is with deep gratitude I thank teacher Ostaseski and nurse Hoffman for her complementing skills This session touched me to the depths of my soul, my beingness. I am not a medical healthcare practitioner, but was drawn to experience this seminar. I have been a caretaker for 2 family members and sensed I would feel a connection to you teacher Ostaseski.

    .I along with my dad who is now 89 cared for my mum at home for 6 years. She began with Dementia at 79 and passed in 2016 with severe Alzheimer’s at 86. He did not want her in a nursing home. The last 2 years were the most challenging, specifically not being trained in any health care practices other than raising three children. Words cannot express the vast range of emotions. Also, the past two years I have been caretaker for my sister now 64. She has dementia and is declining rapidly.

    Two years before my mum passed I enrolled in an 8 week MBSR course at the Mindfulness Center At Umass Memorial in Shrewbury Ma. I learned of Joh Kabat Zinn and discovered the center was close.I thought it could help me with the overwhelming stress.. Listening to you teacher. Ostaseski was an experience I will carry in my heart, always. I am thankful for all the knowledge and tools you touched upon. Your voice, temperament and delivery alone was filled with compassion and kindness,and heavily imbued with mindfulness. I only wish I had the knowledge to help in caring for my mum. Intrinsically, I did feel I was on a similar path of caring as you described. Now I will put into action all you shared, to care for my sister.

    Listening to you was like sitting with a kind caring lifelong friend. I will carry your lessons with me for life. The ebb and flow between nurse Hoffman and you made this all the more endearing. What a special gift you have given all those who had the chance to listen. I am forever changed from being guided to your path.

  7. Jennifer May 27, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    What wonderful, inspiring offerings you both generously shared in this conversation. Am so grateful to have been so fully engaged all the way through it and hope the valuable ideas and wisdom is widely disseminated towards better care of all. Many, many thanks.

  8. Alberto Colorado May 27, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    Wonderful insights, thank you very much,

  9. MMB May 27, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    This was yet another amazing conversation to drop in on. I am not a healthcare professional, and yet I have learned so much. Thank you!

  10. Jyoti Gupta May 27, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    I am so grateful ??

  11. Victoria Abramovich May 27, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Such a moving and insightful conversation. Thank you dearly to the organizers that made it possible!

  12. Aya Biderman May 27, 2019 at 9:16 am

    Very impressive. Thank you so much.
    I hope i can bring at least some of this to my everyday busy practice as a family physician.

  13. Ingrid May 27, 2019 at 12:48 am

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom and inspiration! Thank you for the Conference that provides a sense of Community and support.

  14. Pierce May 26, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Bless you both! Wonderful conversation! oxox

  15. Léo May 26, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Thank you so much for your words of wisdom!

  16. Vera K May 26, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    What a special talk! I’m inspired to re-read the Five Invitation.

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